Matthew Crowley is one of those people who is talented in so many areas it almost seems unfair to the rest of us.
He is a producer, writer, performer and musician and, having worked with scores of different artists in destinations across the globe, he has started doing things for himself. The result is an eponymous debut album whose excellence is likely to take the musical world by storm.
The album presents 15 tracks of beautifully crafted rock, pop, electronica and dance. Crowley’s masterful production weaves all these elements together in a way that not only sounds great, but also fits together as a complete record.
Following in the footsteps of masters of the art of production like Trevor Horn, Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, Crowley uses texture to create memorable, detailed, rich soundscapes on every one of the tunes on his album.
He skillfully combines some of the best elements of classic rock, soul and Motown with the technical trickery of modern pop production to create a truly unique sound.
But the quality of this record should come as no surprise. Because although Crowley may only just be releasing his first record, his experience and depth as a producer more than shines through.
He has produced and engineered for myriad artists across the entire musical spectrum, all of which experience informs, influences and enriches the music he makes now. He has worked in four continents with artists of the calibre of Terry Callier, Nina Simone, Elvis Costello, Harry Gregson-Williams, John Timperly and Peven Everett – all heavyweight names in their fields.
To say that Crowley is a producer with pedigree is a huge understatement.
But this record proves he is also a massively talented musician and gifted songwriter. He may say that making the record acted as a kind of catharsis for him, but one listen and you know that his is a sound that will reach out to millions.
Matthew Crowley may have taken a few years to make a record of his own material, but the world sure is going to be glad he did. And soon.‘Matthew Crowley’ is available to buy now.